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PlumX for Altmetrics: Home

Research metrics to help answer the questions and tell the stories about research through a variety of sources.

PlumX at Dartmouth College

The Library licenses PlumX to provide Altmetrics for scholarly and creative works by Dartmouth's community.  For materials deposited to Dartmouth Digital Commons, PlumX tracks each item's usage and impact using traditional citation tracking tools (e.g., Scopus), and then further compliments this with non-traditional measures of scholarly impact mined from activities in a variety of online tools and social media.  It demonstrates impact far beyond the scope within the traditional scholarly community, and uncovers other potential impacts that take place within other general or non-traditional community.    

What kinds of materials does PlumX track?

PlumX tracks variety of scholarly and creative artifacts:

  • Journal Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Presentations
  • Conference Papers
  • Datasets
  • Videos
  • and more

What kind of impact does PlumX measure?


Usage– A way to signal if anyone is reading the articles or otherwise using the research. Usage is the number one statistic researchers want to know after citations.  Examples: clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays

Captures – Indicates that someone wants to come back to the work. Captures can be an leading indicator of future citations. Examples: bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers

Mentions – Measurement of activities such as news articles or blog posts about research. Mentions is a way to tell that people are truly engaging with the research. Examples: blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links, news media

Social media -This category includes the tweets, Facebook likes, etc. that reference the research. Social Media can help measure “buzz” and attention.  Social media can also be a good measure of how well a particular piece of research has been promoted. Examples: +1s, likes, shares, tweets

Citations – This is a category that contains both traditional citation indexes such as Scopus, as well as citations that help indicate societal impact such as Clinical or Policy Citations. Examples: citation indexes, patent citations, clinical citations, policy citations


How do I access PlumX and create a user account?


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How is impact visualized on PlumX at Dartmouth?

Find the Plum Print on Dartmouth Digital Commons


View individual article metrics on the PlumX dashboard


Create a PlumX profile and monitor scholarly metrics for all of your research output.